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Aiptek ships sub-$300 720p vidcam

updated 02:05 pm EDT, Tue May 29, 2007

Aiptek GO-HD

Aiptek today claimed to have broken multiple records by launching its GO-HD camcorder. The device is one of the most inexpensive cameras ever to capture HD video: while set for a $300 price, the GO-HD can record 720p widescreen clips at a full 30 frames per second. The use of real-time H.264 (AVCHD) encoding also packs video efficiently and allows for as much as four hours of full-quality video when using an 8GB SDHC card. Size is also breakthrough for the class, Aiptek boasts. At 4.5 inches tall and 2.8 inches wide, the camera is small enough to be pocketable and can be used one-handed.

This pricing also doesn't preclude some extra features, according to the company. A quick switch turns the handheld into a 5-megapixel still camera, and videographers can put the camera into a special Night Shot mode that forces LED lights to remain turned on in dark scenes. A 3X optical zoom lens is provided with a special macro mode for shots as close as two inches away.

Compatible with both Macs and Windows PCs with a free USB 2.0 port, the camera is already shipping now and should be in stock today at several online retailers in the US as well as the company's own site.

by MacNN Staff




  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More AVCHD cams....

    ... And iMovie doesn't support AVCHD? That's a steaming bucket full of lame.

  1. notehead

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I have to wonder where they skimped. How are the optics? Is it well made? I'd wait for a bunch of thorough reviews on this unit before buying.

  1. nerd

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think the quality looks okay for the price. Depends what your after. There's a link to a sample video clip, first post in this link.

  1. Sondjata

    Joined: Dec 1969


    remains to be seen

    I have one of their earlier models. not good with fast transitions. I fell on mine so it doesn't work very well now. Optical zoom is nice since my previous one didn't have it and video quality suffered because of it. I managed to dislodge the lense/sensor array. The files it generated had to be converted to DV in order to be used in iMovie. That was lame. Hope this one doesn't do that.

  1. lemuel777

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Next version of iLife

    AVCHD will be support in the next version of iLife

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